Bands/Musicians The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi  

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List Rules Only artists born or raised in Mississippi or bands formed in Mississippi.

Here are the best artists and bands from Mississippi. A largely rural state primarily known for the massive river bearing the same name, the Magnolia State has a rich history dating back to the founding of this country, and that legacy only becomes more storied when taking into account all of the notable musicians who have come from this great state. These are the most famous musical artists from Mississippi, and they are as varied and eclectic as the state itself. 

Numerous blues and country acts have come from Mississippi. Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker are just some of the names that put the state on the map. However, various rock and pop acts have also come out of Mississippi. Britney Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi. Before she took the world by storm, she sang in her local Baptist church. Little did all those people sitting in the pews know they were watching a future global superstar before their very eyes. Other popular Mississippi artists and groups include Elvis Presley, Rae Sremmurd, Diplo, and The Band Perry.

Vote up the best Mississippi artists, and feel free to add any other musicians, rappers, singers, and bands with Mississippi roots.

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Swae Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Hip hop, Trap, Pop
Khalif Malik Ibn Shaman Brown, (born June 7, 1995), better known by his stage name Swae Lee, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is one half of the hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd with ...more
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11 1
Robert Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Rock music, Blues, Country blues
Robert Leroy Johnson was an American singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has ...more
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15 3
Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music
McKinley Morganfield, known by his stage name Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician. He is often considered the "father of modern Chicago blues". Muddy Waters grew up on Stovall ...more
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16 5
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music
Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and ...more
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13 4
Diplo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Hip hop music, Dubstep, Dancehall
Thomas Wesley Pentz (born November 10, 1978), better known by his stage name Diplo, is an American DJ, record producer and rapper based in Los Angeles, California. He is the co-creator and lead ...more
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9 2
Rae Sremmurd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Independent music, Hip hop music
Rae Sremmurd is an American hip hop duo, composed of two brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy from Atlanta, Georgia. They are perhaps best known for their single "No Type", which charted ...more
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11 4
Hayley Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Pop punk, Pop music, Emo
Hayley Nichole Williams is an American singer, songwriter and musician who is best known as the lead vocalist, occasional keyboardist and primary songwriter of the American rock band Paramore.
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11 4
B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Blues
B.B. King is an American blues musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 6 on its 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and he was ...more
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13 6
The Band Perry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Country pop, Rock music, Bluegrass
The Band Perry is an American country music group composed of siblings Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry, and Neil Perry. They signed to Republic Nashville in August 2009 and released their self-titled ...more
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13 6
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop
Britney Jean Spears is an American singer and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows as a ...more
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8 2
David Banner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Hip hop music, Rapcore, Pop rap
Lavell William Crump, better known by his stage name David Banner, is an American rapper, record producer, and occasional actor. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Banner graduated from Southern ...more
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8 2
Mississippi Fred McDowell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Delta blues
Fred McDowell known by his stage name; Mississippi Fred McDowell, was an American Hill country blues singer and guitar player.
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8 2
Skip James is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Delta blues
Nehemiah Curtis "Skip" James was an American Delta blues singer, guitarist, pianist and songwriter. Born in Bentonia, Mississippi, United States, he died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...more
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9 3
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues
Chester Arthur Burnett, known as Howlin' Wolf, was an African American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, from Mississippi. With a booming voice and looming physical presence, ...more
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9 3
Afroman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Hip hop music, West Coast hip hop, Funk
Joseph Edgar Foreman, better known by his stage name Afroman, is an American musician. He is best known for the hit single "Because I Got High". He was nominated for a Grammy award in
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14 8
Jimmy Buffett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Tropical rock, Western music, Pop music
James William "Jimmy" Buffett is an American singer–songwriter, author, actor, and businessman. He is best known for his music, which often portrays an "island escapism" ...more
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10 5
Soulja Boy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Pop music
DeAndre Cortez Way, better known by his stage name Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, or simply Soulja Boy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. In September 2007, his single ...more
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8 3
John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues
This person was an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. He was born in Mississippi, the son of a sharecropper, and rose to prominence performing an electric guitar-style adaptation ...more
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7 2
Saving Abel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock
Saving Abel is an American rock music group from Corinth, Mississippi, who were started in 2004 by Jared Weeks and Jason Null. The band title is from the ancient biblical story of Cain and Abel, ...more
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9 4
Tommy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Blues, Delta blues
Tommy Johnson was an influential American delta blues musician, who recorded in the late 1920s, and was known for his eerie falsetto voice and intricate guitar playing.
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7 2
Big K.R.I.T. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Hip hop music, Southern hip hop
Justin Scott, better known by his stage name Big K.R.I.T., is an American rapper and record producer from Meridian, Mississippi. He is currently signed to Cinematic Music Group and Def Jam
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9 4
Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul
Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, better known by his stage name Nate Dogg, was an American singer, rapper, and actor. He was noted for his membership in rap trio 213 and his solo career in which he ...more
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Big Joe Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Delta blues
Joseph Lee Williams, billed throughout his career as Big Joe Williams, was an American Delta blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, notable for the distinctive sound of his nine-string guitar. ...more
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9 5
Bryan Austin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Bryan Austin Country
Bryan Cuevas is an American country music artist, known professionally as Bryan Austin. Signed to Liberty Records' sister label Patriot Records in 1994, he released an album and two singles for ...more
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9 5
Lowkey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Hip hop music, Grime
Kareem Dennis, better known by his stage name Lowkey, is a rapper, musician and political activist of English and Iraqi descent He first became known through a series of mixtapes he released ...more